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Historically, buildings have provided boundaries designed to protect the “inside” from the “outside” with varying amounts of transparency. In contrast, modern building technology has provided space entirely enclosed by physical boundaries but virtually open through the use of technology.
Mehrdad Hadighi’s new book llAW of WAll superimposes modern building methods onto two historically and culturally distinct houses. Drawing on Freud’s essay “The Uncanny,” Mehrdad Hadighi uses the metaphor of a hinge as he explores and illustrates the themes of closure and openness through internal design re-formation to the Woodford and Loud structures. By altering the constructive underpinnings of each, hinge construction results in oscillating structures that provide open dynamic and moving systems, while maintaining their separation and tension.
Current technology is capable of internalizing sight lines, with vision enhanced and/or generated by television, mobile phones, the Internet, computer networks, and other electronic access devices. Our lives interface with hidden technologies as well, through surveillance devices, biometric identification, and global positioning, all sanctioned technologies that underscore the tenuous nature of our privacy.